If you purchased the 2012 Rotoprofessor Fantasy Baseball Draft Guide, you got my Top 5 prospects for 2012 for each team. Unlike most other prospect lists, this was geared towards the plays who were most likely to make an impact this season.
With the minor league year basically behind us (outside of playoff baseball) and the MLB season quickly coming to a close, let’s continue to take a look back at each team and see how every prospect fared:
1) Julio Teheran – Starting Pitcher
Major Leagues – 0-0, 8.31 ERA, 5 K, 1 BB, 4.1 IP
Minor Leagues – 7-9, 5.98 ERA, 97 K, 43 BB, 131.0 IP (Triple-A)
The numbers weren’t there at Tripe-A this season, though he at least showed us good control (2.95 BB/9). While the strikeouts also weren’t there, we also have to remember that he is still just 21-years old. Before we start pointing to Mike Trout or Bryce Harper, we all know hat they are the exceptions, not the rule.
Yes, the year is going to go down as a disappointing one, especially since the Braves ultimately needed help in the rotation and were forced to acquire Paul Maholm. He still has the talent, and maybe part of it was immaturity/disappointment after he thrived at Triple-A in 2011 (2.55 ERA and 1,18 WHIP), yet didn’t make the team out of Spring Training.
Whatever it is, while others sour on him I would expect a nice rebound campaign in 2013.
2) Randall Delgado – Starting Pitcher
Major Leagues – 4-9, 4.42 ERA, 73 K, 42 BB, 91.2 IP
Minor Leagues – 4-3, 4.06 ERA, 51 K, 21 BB, 44.1 IP (Triple-A)
Nearly dealt at the trade deadline, Delgado has been another disappointing young pitcher for the Braves this season. In 17 starts he as had a realistic .299 BABIP and 70.3% strand rate, but has lacked control and strikeouts to be a productive option.
However he has generated enough groundballs (50.2%) that if he could get the walk rate down to the 3.0-3.5 range, even if the strikeouts didn’t improve he should be a productive option. Considering his 4.36 BB/9 over his Triple-A career we have to be a little skeptical, but he is still just 22-years old and has shown strikeout per inning stuff in the minor leagues.
This season is not a total loss as he gained important experience, but we have top hope that he can turn that experience into success in 2013.
3) Tyler Pastornicky – Shortstop
Major Leagues – .245, 2 HR, 13 RBI, 21 R, 2 SB, 163 AB
Minor Leagues – .268, 1 HR, 20 RBI, 15 R, 3 SB, 153 AB (Triple-A)
While he did show speed at the lower levels, he didn’t show it this year. Couple that with no power and what are fantasy owners looking at? He appears primed to be a utility player for Atlanta, meaning he can drop off fantasy radars.
4) Andrelton Simmons – Shortstop
Major Leagues – .298, 3 HR, 15 RBI, 13 R, 1 SB, 121 AB
Minor Leagues – .293, 3 HR, 21 RBI, 29 R, 10 SB, 174 AB (Double-A)
A finger injury cost him around two months, though it is hard not to consider this year successful for the 22-year old (he was 21 for he majority of the season). The jump from Double-A is a big one, yet he continued to show an ability to make consistent contact (strikeout rate of 11.5%).
Yes, he needs to learn how to hit the ball with more authority (15.3% line drive rate), but I would expect that to come with more experience. He should continue to develop and it wouldn’t surprise me if he became an under-the-radar 10/10 option next year, with the 15/15 upside and ultimately a potential 20/20 player with a good average long-term.
5) Jose Constanza – Outfield
Major Leagues – .245, 0 HR, 2 RBI, 7 R, 4 SB, 49 AB
Minor Leagues – .314, 1 HR, 27 RBI, 54 R, 14 SB, 344 AB (Triple-A)
He had a nice year at Triple-A, but he appears to be nothing more than a depth option for Atlanta. I thought he could get a few more opportunities, but barring a significant change he can safely be ignored.
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